Brighter skin is on every beauty lover’s bucket list. If you want more luminous, healthier skin, you should definitely be using a vitamin C serum as part of your skincare routine. It does an excellent job of targeting complexion concerns, including acne scars, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. Did we mention it also has an anti-aging effect? That’s just another of its benefits.
Along with all of the above, vitamin C helps protect your skin against free radicals and environmental aggressors like pollution, harmful UV rays, and smoke. If we haven’t convinced you by now that a vitamin C serum needs to be part of your skincare lineup, keep reading for more on our top picks and you’ll be sure to add one of these to your cart. After all, we all want brighter and smoother skin.
- Best overall: Serumologie C Serum
- Best plant-based: TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face
- Best drugstore: L’Oreal Revitalift Vitamin C Serum
- Best luxury: Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- Best K-beauty: Glow Recipe Pineapple C-Bright Serum
- Best acne-treating: Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Skincare fanatics can’t get enough of this vitamin C serum by Serumologie because it really is unlike the others. But, why? Well, it has a 22% level grade of vitamin C which is rare for most formulations. This makes it more professional-grade than most vitamin C serums on the market and more like something you’d find at an esthetician’s office. It is dermatologist-tested and approved, and suitable for all skin types including acne-prone and aging skin.
This botanical blend is the real deal. The advanced formula is infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to encourage collagen production and target brightness, firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sunspots. Some users claim that they’ve even seen a reduction in pore size after using this plant-based vitamin C serum. The TruSkin Vitamin C serum contains up to 20% vitamin C and will leave your skin feeling fresh and refined with fewer breakouts and spots.
Drugstore finds aren’t exempt from the powers of vitamin C. This fan-favorite by L’Oreal Paris gets the job done with just 10% vitamin C in its formula. It’s perfect for targeting specific areas of concern, specifically dark spots, and sunspots. The applicator makes it easy to focus on said areas and get the most out of the product. The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift line is well-known for its anti-aging benefits as well, so if you’re looking to target any fine lines or wrinkles add this one to your list.
We guess you can call Sunday Riley an “it girl” of the skincare world. The brand has quickly become a cult-favorite and for good reason — the products really work. With a tongue-in-cheek name like C.E.O., you’ll be curious to know what this serum is about. Well, the powers of vitamin C aren’t too hard to find (or feel) in this orange bottle. With a 15% potency, your skin is left feeling brighter, smoother, and a whole lot fresher.
For any K-beauty fans reading this, you’ve likely seen this bottle come across your Instagram feed plenty of times. This vitamin C serum is a whole lot more than some cute packaging. The pineapple-themed bottle is full of a brightening complex that Korean beauty aficionados have loved for years. There’s a reason it wasn’t a limited-edition drop and why it’s still a fan-favorite to this day. It’s affordable, effective, and looks great on your vanity.
The fact that Tatcha is rooted in centuries-old Japanese skincare traditions should be good enough reason to trust the brand and its products. Tatcha’s Violet-C Brightening Serum is a powerful combination of 20% vitamin C plus 10% AHA serum, making it well worth the $80 investment. It’s also not just your ordinary vitamin C, this serum contains two different types that are stabilized by Japanese beautyberry. Say goodbye to dull, uneven skin, and fade away discoloration with this fan-favorite.
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